Renishaw brings 3D printing expertise to Land Rover

Renishaw has declared that the company has joined Land Rover BAR’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG) as an official supplier, joining the quest to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain. The company will contribute its expertise in metal 3D printing and position feedback encoding.

The America’s Cup is the oldest international trophy in world sport, pre-dating the modern Olympics, the Ryder Cup and the World Cup – and Britain has never won it. Land Rover BAR is the British challenger. The Land Rover BAR Technical Innovation Group was formed to bring together the best of British talent and industry. The goal is to find advanced technologies and develop them to give the team a competitive edge. The TIG complements the existing Land Rover BAR design team and allows it to rapidly develop, test and prove these technologies.

The TIG has already engaged a number of key partners and suppliers from British industry, including Land Rover, BT and BAE Systems. “As a British engineering company with core skills in precision and performance, combined with expertise in position encoding and metal 3D printing, we are delighted to have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the TIG and help Land Rover BAR bring the America’s Cup back to Britain”, explained Robin Weston, Marketing Manager of Renishaw.

Renishaw’s contribution will be through its expert metal additive manufacturing knowledge, helping to optimize the design and construction of critical, 3D printed metal parts of the team’s race boat.